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Updated on August 30, 2017
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

Here To Hook You Up With The Best Crocheting Has To Offer!

Hi, I'm Sheila - known in the internet realm as "SheilaSchnauzies." I earned that nickname in real life, for rescuing Miniature Schnauzer dogs. I'm passionate about four things in my life; my friends and family, the dogs I care for, my writing, and my crocheting. Well, there's also jewelry design... and gardening... and lots more. I am so excited about the opportunity to share the many facets of Crochet with all of you!

Here I am, out on a yarn shopping adventure, snapping a selfie to use in an article. Pretty typical!

In all the years I've been publishing my free crochet patterns at Squidoo and now at HubPages, and participating in various crochet forums. I have had the privilege of meeting a lot of crocheters! Many of us have several things in common.

** We love our "stash" of yarn;

**We love to collect patterns, especially free ones;

** We love to share the love of crocheting with others; and

** We love to look at the work of other crocheters.

Through all my articles on Crochet and free crochet patterns, I'll help you explore each of these "loves," as well as lots more! Whether you love crocheting for charity, making intricate doilies, crocheting gifts for your friends and family, or crocheting for cash, we will look into it in-depth together. Maybe you've always been fascinated by crochet and would like to pick up the craft. Come along!

Do you ever wonder how many other crocheters are "out there" crocheting around the world? I do! Wouldn't it be nice to meet and see all the people who crochet here at HubPages? If you write crochet lenses here at HubPages, wouldn't it be nice to get to know the others who do? And to get the word out about your hubs? It's all about networking. (Does anyone still use that term, or am I outdated, I wonder?) You click on my hubs, I click on yours... share them... and so on, and so on... that's how it works.

You can find my crochet patterns and my blogs at the links below. I also have a crochet group on Facebook called "Crochet WIth Sheila." You are so welcome to join! I have a crochet group on Yahoo with the same title as well. Same invitation is open to you there.

I look forward to meeting you so please leave your comment on my guest book below! Happy crocheting... -Sheila

Tell Us About Your Crocheting Passion!

Do You Prefer Working With Thread Or Yarn?

Clover Soft Touch Steel Crochet Hooks ~Complete Set of All 8 Sizes!
Clover Soft Touch Steel Crochet Hooks ~Complete Set of All 8 Sizes!

I own and love every size of this crochet hook. They allow me to keep crocheting despite severe arthritis in my hands.

 

Some Of My Favorite Crochet Goodies!

Clover Yarn Cutter Pendant, Antique Silver
Clover Yarn Cutter Pendant, Antique Silver

I own and love this yarn cutting pendant! It's so handy when I'm working in stripes and have to cut yarn frequently! No more searching for where I laid the scissors!

 

My Life As A Crocheter... - How I Got From There To Here!

I started crocheting as a kid at age 11. My mom crocheted amazingly intricate doilies and worked only in thread, no yarn for her! I still remember the day she took me uptown to the TG&Y to allow me to pick out my first pattern, yarn and hook. It was 1969 and the pattern I chose was a "Hot Pants" outfit! I selected bright purple yarn. Looking back, it was a terrible pattern for a beginner! The hot pants never did get finished, although I did eventually finish the crocheted vest that went with them. In my yarn stash, I still have one tiny ball of that purple yarn. The pants would not be my last "UFO" (UnFinished Object!)

In my early twenties, I taught my best friend how to crochet. Back then I made afghans, placemats, and other rectangular objects. In my thirties, I became a little more adventurous and tried doing a few doily patterns. i felt that I'd arrived as a crocheter when I was able to make this 1955 Workbasket Rose Doily in honor of my mom after she passed away. She had crocheted this doily for each of her friends and family. I did the same for mine (one of them is pictured here).

In my late thirties, just after I'd finished crocheting a book of Josie Rabier doily patterns, it became difficult for my eyes to focus from pattern to work and back. As it turns out, it was the beginnings of double vision, caused by Myasthenia Gravis, a form of muscular dystrophy. After a few months of looking at my last dolly in progress sitting in a basket unworked, I'd had enough - I missed crocheting!

I just let go the reins and started crocheting on my own, learning to work around the double vision. I designed a bezillion things for myself and gifts for friends. Many of my early doilies were terrible and ended up in the scrap basket! But I kept working and learning. In yarn, I made lots of pillow covers, afghans, towels, whatever occurred to me. I was having fun! I felt so proud when I designed and completed my first thread tablecloth, my first dog sweater, my first sweater for myself. Lots and lots of firsts!

Around that same time, the Internet was coming into force and I started meeting other crocheters online. That was a totally new and very fun experience! I also started my Miniature Schnauzer rescue at that time as a way to help these beautiful creatures.

I finally started writing down the patterns I was creating. In 2006, I discovered Squidoo.com as a venue for publishing my crochet patterns and an obsession was born! What a fabulous place to write about anything I wanted and to share my crochet patterns. In 2014, I made the big move of all my patterns to HubPages.com.

I started dreaming, many years ago, of publishing a book of all of my crochet designs. I've finally started to realize that dream with the development of a series of e-books called "Crochet With Sheila." Volume 1, "Floral Ornaments To Crochet," was published in December 2013 on Amazon. I have at least 12 more volumes planned.

Boye Yarn Yardage Counter
Boye Yarn Yardage Counter

I recently purchased this for myself. It's handy to know how much yarn a given project requires when you're going to be making more than one!

 

Tell Us What You Think!

One of my earliest doily designs
One of my earliest doily designs
Lacis LB62 Thread Ball Holder
Lacis LB62 Thread Ball Holder

I just picked this up for myself and don't know how I ever lived without it! You can tie on a cord in the holder to wear around your neck or your wrist. The thread feeds so smoothly and never gets dirty! I LOVE this product!!

 

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A Few Of My Favorite Crochet Designs

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Ladybug showing off her "PrettiPants"Backward Rose MotifCustom Fit Sun HatSpiffersWinter Rose SnowflakeDancingAngelsDoilyCandy Canes DoilyStriped Custom Fit VestFlower MotifsAngel Wing PotholderGerbera DaisyPicket Fence PotholderBingo Bag PurseBarbie ensemble
Ladybug showing off her "PrettiPants"
Ladybug showing off her "PrettiPants"
Backward Rose Motif
Backward Rose Motif
Custom Fit Sun Hat
Custom Fit Sun Hat
Spiffers
Spiffers
Winter Rose Snowflake
Winter Rose Snowflake
DancingAngelsDoily
DancingAngelsDoily
Candy Canes Doily
Candy Canes Doily
Striped Custom Fit Vest
Striped Custom Fit Vest
Flower Motifs
Flower Motifs
Angel Wing Potholder
Angel Wing Potholder
Gerbera Daisy
Gerbera Daisy
Picket Fence Potholder
Picket Fence Potholder
Bingo Bag Purse
Bingo Bag Purse
Barbie ensemble
Barbie ensemble
ArtBin Yarn Drum; Round Pink Knitting and Crochet Tote Bag, 6938SA
ArtBin Yarn Drum; Round Pink Knitting and Crochet Tote Bag, 6938SA

I've used every manner of yarn tote out there, and this is by far the best I've tried! I own this one in a Raspberry color. It weighs virtually nothing. It has two convenient yarn pull-throughs on top, and there's a separate detachable zipper tote you can stash your hooks, cash, ID, etc. in. Perfect for a day of crocheting on the go! Right now mine is filled with 10 large balls of crochet thread! It holds 6-8 skeins of yarn easily as well. I just can't say enough about it! I know one thing, I'm planning to buy it in all the other colors!

 

Fellow Crocheters, Please Chime In! - I'd Love To Hear What You Think!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      I do love to crochet and I tend to collect crochet patterns in the hopes that I will someday make everything :)

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      I'm a crocheter and I love it. I still do it in my seventies, been doing it since I was 12 years old, will be crocheting to end of my life. I just love it.

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      Sheila 3 years ago from Omaha, NE

      @Wednesday-Elf: Thanks so much for the atta-girl, WednesdayElf!! I've always followed your articles as well and am a fan! You're right, we should teach Steve to crochet! He's such a delightful person!

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've been crocheting for probably 40 years and love it. My main focus is plush animals, mainly because I crochet left-handed, so don't have to worry about 'left & right' reversal in patterns. :) I'm delighted to learn that you are the Creative Crocheter Contributor here on Squidoo and I will be following your articles. Always enjoyed them anyway and looking forward to more. PS: Love Steve_Kaye's line below -- tying his shoelaces an achievement! We should teach him to crochet...LOL.

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      I consider tying my shoelaces to be an achievement. So I'm amazed by anyone who can crochet. Congratulations on being here.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      So sorry I made a tpyo - my comment below should read 'your doggies - they're fantastic!'

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      So sorry I made a tpyo - my comment below should read 'your doggies - they're fantastic!'

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      I'd rather spend three hours walking with our doggies - they're fantastic! My mum loved crocheting and she did actually teach me how to do it. Time is my big problem. Thanks for this great lens.

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      Jenn Dixon 3 years ago from PA

      I'm more of a knitter, but I do a little crochet, too. I have completed a few basic crochet items and recently taught myself the basic granny square.

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I would love to see afghan square patterns not found in conventional books, and any kind of Christmas ornaments or decorations.